Discover Our Europe – Online Conference

Slovenian organisation Društvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto hosted an online international conference in a project Discover our Europe on 15th and 16th of March 2022. The aim of the conference was to bring the EU closer to its citizens.

The guests heard various speakers and participated in workshops. Slovenian member of the EU parliament Irena Joveva prepared a contribution for the Conference, where she focused on the importance of active participation and how it can shape the future of Europe.

The participants in the online event also learned more about different opportunities for young people in the EU, including Erasmus+ and ESC projects, and were introduced to the new EU programme CERV by the Slovenian organisation PINA who is the national coordinator for the programme. The youths, who have previously participated in European projects with the Slovenian organisation DRPDNM, reflected on their past experiences in a round table.

The Slovenian partner in the project Discover Our Europe, DRPDNM, has a long experience in working with migrants. They presented their work in integration of immigrants and also showed personal experiences of three immigrants in a video contribution.

An influential Slovenian civil society organisation, called Institute of the 8th of March, presented their activities that enact legal change on the national level. To engage the participants, a World Café Workshop was also organised, where the participants shared their views on the current topics important to the EU citizens.

Overall, more than 150 people participated in the conference on both days – many of whom were students from various schools and faculties in Novo mesto.